Monthly Archives: October 2018

As the musical job market expands now is the time to learn or develop relevant skills

As the musical job market expands now is the time to learn or develop relevant skills

For many years the music industry seemed to be locked down pretty tight, with thousands fighting over the rare opportunities that were made public. Meanwhile music graduates tended to filter off into other disciplines of work on the back of transferable skills, and all but the most determined or incredibly lucky musicians, who refused to […] … learn more→

Mainstream rag asks why College is expensive…has no clue.

Mainstream rag asks why College is expensive…has no clue.

There is a huge problem brewing in this country: student loan debt. Some 44,000,000 people have this kind of debt (minimum, there are many accounting tricks to make this number appear lower than it is), and for many it’s so large that they’ll never be able to pay it back. They can’t get rid of […] … learn more→

The cost of accessing academic research is way too high. This must change

The cost of accessing academic research is way too high. This must change

In the last week of October each year, libraries and open access activists around the world celebrate Open Access Week. It’s a week dedicated to increasing access to knowledge resources hosted by libraries, such as online journals and academic books. Open access is very beneficial to society because research and knowledge is shared widely at no […] … learn more→

How do colleges use affirmative action? Even some activists don’t understand

How do colleges use affirmative action? Even some activists don’t understand

When it comes to the ongoing debate over affirmative action in U.S. college admissions, both opponents and supporters among Asian-Americans have plenty to say. The problem is what people say about race-conscious affirmative action in higher education in the U.S. often doesn’t match how it is actually practiced. I’m a scholar who specializes in Asian-Americans and […] … learn more→

First-generation college students earn less than graduates whose parents went to college

First-generation college students earn less than graduates whose parents went to college

When discussions take place about first-generation college students, often the focus is on how disadvantaged they are in comparison to their peers whose parents went to college. Research we recently conducted shows that first-generation college students experience another form of disadvantage that lasts long after they graduate – and that is: how much they earn. We are sociologists who […] … learn more→

What kind of hospitality for students with disabilities?

What kind of hospitality for students with disabilities?

The law of February 11, 2005 clearly sets the right of access for students with disabilities. In this context, the Ministry of Higher Education has prompted the signing of a charter “University / Handicap” with the Conference of Presidents of University (CPU), launched in 2007 and renewed in 2012 , providing for the establishment dedicated structures in the institutions. Their mission: […] … learn more→

Professional graduate degrees are not inferior

Professional graduate degrees are not inferior

Professional graduate degrees in the US have long been seen as the poor cousins of their academic counterparts. There is a persistent perception that degrees focusing on specific careers are formulaic, their content dictated by accrediting bodies and lacking in innovative thought or pedagogy. Higher education literature suggests that they do not contribute to intellectual […] … learn more→

School violence: already in 1883, at Lycée Louis-le-Grand

School violence: already in 1883, at Lycée Louis-le-Grand

High schools and high punishments are not guarantees against student violence. There are many historical examples of this fact, since the XVII th century to the contemporary period, and I made ample mention in Nonfiction violence at the School , published in 2007 by Fayard. Back on some of these episodes. A historical period for the example We will be satisfied […] … learn more→

College math course: “Hillary is wonderful”

College math course: “Hillary is wonderful”

I’ve mentioned before that political leanings are now part of the hiring process on some of our campuses: if you don’t follow the Social Justice ideology and all, everything, it entails, you can’t be hired. Yes, even in mathematics, you must be a social justice warrior to teach math, on some campuses. Now, not…everything…is wrong […] … learn more→